First Thursdays is a monthly festival showcasing the diversity of arts and humanities on campus and throughout the Bloomington community. On the first Thursday of each warm-weather month, the Council and its friends join together on the Arts Plaza (right in front of the IU Auditorium) for an evening of performances, hands-on creative activities, community-building, great food, and fun!
First Thursdays offer a welcoming environment for students, community members, four-legged friends, and artists and scholars of all kinds. Our festivities have included everything from opera signers to breakdancers, stage-fighting to clay-throwing, and much, much more. Each First Thursday is unique, and each is a great opportunity to experience the wonderful work of artists, performers, and scholars from all across campus and all around town.
First Thursdays are supported in part by Hard Truth Hills and Upland Brewing Company.
Join us September 5th for the first First Thursdays Festival of the academic year! Enjoy main stage performances from Royalty - Prince Tribute Band, Jefferson Street Parade Band, Dior Quartet, and Flashback to Never; plus great hands-on creative activites, delicious food, and fun for the whole community!
A preliminary list of performers and activities is below. Check back closer to the festival date for a full list of all the great arts & humanities experiences at the September First Thursday.